Accession Number : AD0701883

Title :   INTERFACIAL COUPLINGS FOR MAN-MACHINE SYSTEMS. A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE ON UPPER EXTREMITY MOTION EFFECTIVENESS TO JULY 1968.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : WALTER REED ARMY MEDICAL CENTER WASHINGTON D C ARMY MEDICAL BIOMECHANICAL RESEARCH LAB

Personal Author(s) : Hancock,Roger P.

Report Date : DEC 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 34

Abstract : Today, it is possible to build a complete externally powered prosthetic arm; however, one of the major obstacles to this undertaking is control of the arm. Two of the ways to lessen the problem of control would be to permanently combine or link some of the joint motions, or to eliminate some of the degrees of freedom of some of the joints. The only study to determine whether joint motions can be combined or eliminated, indicates that these avenues of prosthetic-orthotic simplification are not practical except in the case of a design for a single function (for example: feeding). Presently, however, there are several programs to further investigate the coupling of joint motions. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*ARTIFICIAL LIMBS, EFFICIENCY), (*JOINTS(PHYSIOLOGY), MOTION), PROSTHETICS, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, BIBLIOGRAPHIES

Subject Categories : Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE